'Inattentive cooking' blamed for deadly Topeka fire

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TOPEKA (WIBW)- One person is dead after a house fire early Tuesday morning in the Oakland area of Topeka.

Firefighters say they arrived shortly after midnight to a home in the 500 block of NE Strait. They say the home was fully involved in flames when they arrived.

The fire was brought under control quickly, but the contents of the home posed a challenge to fire crews.

Authorities say ammunition stored inside was reportedly going off when they got on scene. They also said the home was difficult to navigate inside due to clutter.

Upon investigating, firefighters found a deceased victim inside. They have not released the name of the individual at this time.

The preliminary investigation indicated the fire was accidental and was "more likely than not associated with inattentive cooking." They estimated the blaze did around $50,000 in damage to the home and another $25,000 to its contents.